Klamath Falls — While the biggest classes in Oregon took a break over the weekend, the smaller ones were duking it out in their respective tournaments on Friday and Saturday. Down in Klamath Falls, the air quality was bad but the indoor volleyball was off and running for the Basin Best Tournament on Saturday. Entering the weekend, league rivals Henley and Mazama were looked at as the respective favorites to take the title, and they certainly didn’t disappoint in that expectation.
In their respective pools, Mazama and Henley both won them without an issue, as Mazama defeated Bonanza, Chiloquin, and Klamath Union, and Henley beat Phoenix, Lost River, and Crosspoint Christian. Once in the main bracket, Henley beat Klamath Union while Mazama beat Lost River, setting up a championship pairing between the league rivals in the Basin Best Tournament. Coming into the game, Mazama had held a four-game winning streak over the Hornets dating back to March 9th, 2021, which was the last time Henley beat the Vikings.
Both sets of the championship were a back-and-forth battle, with both teams trading the lead and milking the best out of one another. Ella Baley took the reins for Mazama, picking up five kills and seven digs in the opening set. Alexia Lowe had a pair of kills, seven digs, and four assists, and Cali Blitzer threw up a block to go along with her two kills as the Vikings took the first set from Henley 25-20. Mazama cleaned up things in the second set, committing only five hitting errors compared to eight in the opening set, and Baley once again lead the way with five more kills and five more digs, finishing with 10 kills, 12 digs for the game. Alexia Lowe contributed six digs and five assists, while Isabella Lowe came out with two kills and three digs in the final set, helping the Vikings to a straight sweep of Henley 25-20, 25-21 to win the Basin Best Tournament over the Hornets and their fifth straight win overall against Henley.
Henley (3-2) host Caldera on Tuesday, Mazama (3-1) travel to Central Point and play Crater on Tuesday